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Breckenridge to Wolf Creek Trip?

post #1 of 19
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Coming out to Breckenridge, probably, on Dec. 9 for four days of skiing and whatever the heavens provide for us. Stoked isn't even close.

 

Question is for those in the know, is the 3 hour drive down to Wolf Creek worth the two-day out and back, or should we just hope to

 

get clobbered while in Summit County?  And if so, head to good old Vail? Never been down south, so looking for your thoughts on this?

 

Seems Frontier dumped a fare from FLL of $147 r/t on me, so this trip is out of the blue for me and at least one of my buds.

 

My crystal ball is showing more snow on the way!

post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by snokat View Post

Coming out to Breckenridge, probably, on Dec. 9 for four days of skiing and whatever the heavens provide for us. Stoked isn't even close.

 

Question is for those in the know, is the 3 hour drive down to Wolf Creek worth the two-day out and back, or should we just hope to

 

get clobbered while in Summit County?  And if so, head to good old Vail? Never been down south, so looking for your thoughts on this?

 

Seems Frontier dumped a fare from FLL of $147 r/t on me, so this trip is out of the blue for me and at least one of my buds.

 

My crystal ball is showing more snow on the way!

Its closer to 4 hrs than 3 and that's assuming the roads are in good condition. I have never actually skied there but from a personal stand point I would rather drive to winter park if you have never been there.

post #3 of 19
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Its closer to 4 hrs than 3 and that's assuming the roads are in good condition. I have never actually skied there but from a personal stand point I would rather drive to winter park if you have never been there.

 

 

There is really no reason to drive to Winter Park from Summit/Eagle ever.  They basically get the same weather patterns and have no real differences in terrain.  The drive to WC isn't that bad as most of it is through vallleys that don't get a lot of snow.  I'd guess 4 hours max even in a major storm.  WC has lots of really bad terrain and some really good steep short stuff mixed in with it.  They are on a different weather pattern and they get MUCH more snow than SuCo/Eagle/Grand counties so it will just depend on who has the goods and whether you want to drive.  

 

WC is not worth skiing unless it has lots of fresh imo but the odds of that are better there than Breck.

post #4 of 19
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I've been to WP, but it has been 15 years or so. The drive to WC was really more of the issue, if they have it and Summit Co. doesn't, then you go. I agree about the weather pattern in Summit/Eagle/WP are about the same, but not always. ;-)

UGA, I assume that by "bad terrain" you mean really flat? Not gnarly terrain? I understand the drop-ins are short and sweet.

Playing this one by ear, the plane stops in Denver, so we are rolling the dice!

We are to two and a third bud is on deck.

Bring on the white stuff!

 

I've rolled the dice twice before in early December to the Rockies, once was the first year Vail had the Vista Bahn, the back bowls were open top-to-bottom. The other time was aroun Dec' '90 or '91 to Snowbird. We got a first tram and waist-deep off the cirque.

Looking to go 3-for-3 from the wrong coast.

post #5 of 19
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There is really no reason to drive to Winter Park from Summit/Eagle ever.

 

Huh....???

 

 

Very happy to disagree with you on that one.

post #6 of 19

I'll add that I pretty much do agree with UGA on the Wolf Creek tip though.  I've skied there a few times and look forward to getting back some day but I wouldn't make the trip from Summit unless the conditions there were way worse than WC..... or unless the McSkiing experience was really getting me down.

 

Now, if you were weighing a Summit week against a WC/Telluride/Silverton tour, that'd be a different story.

post #7 of 19

I've driven to WC from Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Albuquerque at different times.  WC is about two things -- snow and crowds.  Early season, it is fairly likely they will be a lot better than the rest of CO, but I wouldn't commit without waiting to see.  If you are skiing on a weekend early season, the drive might still be worth it to get away from all the Denver day-trippers.

 

The 1st time I went I was working South of ABQ and had a weekend off.  We kept scanning conditions the week before, and nobody had more than a WROD open.  Midweek a big storm came through, and some terrain opened.  I remember we were watching T-ride, and it opened maybe 20%, mostly blues and greens.  But WC?  Boom, 100% open.  Had a great time.

 

As mentioned above, it is a very easy drive -- flat river valley most of the way.

 

The terrain is benchy - short steeps, flat sections in between.  But some of those short bits are pretty serious.

post #8 of 19
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This is exactly why you guys/gals are the best here, your knowledge and loyalty shows. I've skied everything from Denver to Aspen, but never southern CO, though I came close to moving to Durango about 22 years ago. Yep, so Telluride, CB, Silvertom, Durango and WC are still on the plate.

When the snow shows, that's where we'll go. We are maxing 4-days of skiing, so it will be "all-in" for freshies.

Steamboat may even see us, I know they got it early last season.

Tx,

Think Snow!

post #9 of 19

Steamboat and Winter Park do sometimes land a different storm track than Breck/Summit. Since you will be driving, you don't have to decide until the day before.Get the Open Snow Colorado report on your computer/pad/whatever and keep tabs on where the strom track is heading and go there.

post #10 of 19
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tx Mom.

post #11 of 19

As mentioned the drive is pretty easy once you get over Hoosier pass. Poncha pass is usually no problem.  Worth it though?  Only if the snow really, really sucks in Breck and the snow is really great in WC.  WC was my home mountain for a number of years.  The problem is that it is pretty small, short and flat.  Yes there are some steep sections but they are really short and on deep powder days there can be long untracked runouts that can be a real slog.  Ironically I think WC actually gets too much snow for the steepness of the terrain.  Its much funner with 8-10 inches than 18-20.  I got really tired of: get off (slow) lift, long cat track to top of very short steep section (10 turns), long flat that you may have to actually push on, short steep (8 turns), long flat to lift that you have to skate/push.  The nice thing is you could repeat that almost all day and still have relatively untracked snow, at least on non-holiday weekdays.  Be advised though that on holidays and long weekends WC can get really crowded with Texans, Oklahomans and New Mexicans.

post #12 of 19
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Huh....???

 

 

Very happy to disagree with you on that one.

 

 

Wasn't really cracking on WP just saying that I wouldn't drive over there for skiing from Summit/Eagle as IMO it's basically the same. If I was vacationing in WP, I wouldn't drive over to Summit/Eagle either.  WP is fine for a ski trip not as much terrain as Su/Ea but a great place to ski...........

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

More powder please. Looks like things are whitening up.

post #14 of 19

If there are snowboarders in your group, or you can't stand traverses, be forewarned, Wolfie can be a PITA to get around.

 

Lots of traverses and flats to navigate, specifically once you start heading south of the Alberta chair. 


Edited by COBillsFan - 11/12/12 at 8:00am
post #15 of 19
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Stix only. I don't need the practice of driving, even Steamboat is closer. ;-)

post #16 of 19

If it were February rather than early December, I'd say try A-Basin and Loveland instead.  But at that time of year pretty much everything will be skinny and thin, probably.

post #17 of 19
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If there are snowboarders in your group, or you can't stand traverses, be forewarned, Wolfie can be a PITA to get around.

 

Lots of traverses and flats to navigate, specifically once you start heading south of the Alberta chair. 

 

+1.  WC is worth the drive to hit it for powder but you have lots of resorts closer to Denver with better terrain that will probably have good snow by Dec. 9.  It isn't an impressive mountain by any means but it has the smaller hill feel and is change from the mega resorts.  The springs in Pagosa Springs are really cool too and a good way to spend an evening after tearing up the slopes. 

post #18 of 19
We did an early December trip last year. I think we flew into Denver on Dec. 7. We planned on Summit County since we had the Summit Value Pass. The conditions were poor so we drove down to Wolf Creek for 3 days and skied Keystone 1 day on the return. Wolf Creek was 100 percent open after a 40 inch storm. The Summit areas were only about 10 - 15 percent open. Last year it was without a doubt worth it. I think it just depends on the weather, if you can stay flexible it was easy to find a room in Pagosa last minute.
post #19 of 19
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I  think WC got it in early October last year. One storm on a flat hill will usualy do it. Don't try that at Snowbird.eek.gif

We will defintely be flexible. Hell, in three weeks we might be driving up in what I call a "death march". :-)

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